Latest New Mexico state government News

Man's coronavirus death in Bernalillo County is 2nd in state

Mar. 28, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

New Mexico has reported a second death related to the coronavirus, a man in his 80s who died Friday in Bernalillo County as the outbreak spanned the state, with cases reported in urban and rural areas. The man had been hospitalized and had multiple chronic underlying health conditions, the state Department of...

New Mexico unveils 'pollinator protection' license plate

Mar. 28, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — For the love of bees, New Mexico is now offering motorists a chance to help the pollinators through the purchase of a special license plate. The state Transportation Department said Friday that proceeds from the new plates will help fund planting projects along state roads. The...

Frank Tzontlimatzi holds the door open for patients while wearing gloves and a mask at La Clinica de Familia in Las Cruces, N.M. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. New Mexico confirmed Wednesday a coronavirus infection that has no apparent link to travel as the governor takes new steps to limit the spread of the contagion by limiting restaurants to take-out service and closing down movie theaters, gyms and shopping centers. (Nathan J. Fish/The Las Cruces Sun News via AP)

New Mexico governor: More social distancing must be done

Mar. 27, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Public school students in New Mexico will not return to classrooms or athletic fields during the current academic year because of the coronavirus, the state's top education official announced Friday as the number of cases rose to nearly 200 and more restrictions were announced. Gov....

Closed stores are shown at a central plaza and shopping district amid a public health order that has closed down most retail stores and suspended dine-in restaurant service in Santa Fe, N.M., Friday, March 27, 2020. New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Jen Schroer says the state's tourism industry will continue to suffer amid COVID-19 restrictions and vowed the state will do what it can to help hotels, tourist spots, and businesses recover once restrictions are lifted. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico cancels national tourism campaign amid virus

Mar. 27, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M (AP) — The Santa Fe Plaza is empty. So are the narrow streets of the adobe-laden historic district in the heart of Albuquerque. The ski lifts are idle, the galleries are shuttered, and the fate of the summer art market season is uncertain. New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Jen...

New Mexico prepares for more cases, extended school closures

Mar. 26, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The largest municipal jail in New Mexico is releasing some inmates who are considered vulnerable to the new coronavirus, authorities announced Thursday. Officials at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque identified several dozen inmates who meet federal health guidelines...

New Mexico regulators getting squeezed out of state building

Mar. 26, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A powerful commission in charge of regulating utilities and other New Mexico businesses is being evicted from its state offices by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's administration. Officials with the Public Regulation Commission say the timing is suspicious given recent legal battles...

Settlement reached in death of electrocuted Santa Fe worker

Mar. 26, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Santa Fe and the New Mexico Environment Department have reached a settlement involving a city employee who was fatally electrocuted in April 2019. The agreement came about a year after Tobin Williams was electrocuted while attempting to replace a light fixture at the Santa...

In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020, photo New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, right, announces a public health emergency in response to the state's first positive tests for COVID-19, at a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M., also attended by Human Services Secretary David Scrase, left. Her administration has banned many gatherings of 100 or more people at spaces such as auditoriums and stadiums as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico marks 1st virus death, tries to stretch supplies

Mar. 25, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's has its first coronavirus death. The man in his late 70s was hospitalized in Artesia on Sunday and died the same day, health officials said Wednesday. He had multiple underlying health issues, and his condition deteriorated rapidly, the state Health Department said. ...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham confirmed a new coronavirus infection that has no apparent link to travel on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, during a news conference on the floor of the state House of Representatives in Santa Fe, N.M. She also issued orders to limit the spread of the contagion by restricting restaurants to take-out service and closing down movie theaters, gyms, spas and shopping malls. New Mexico is bracing for the possible spread of coronavirus to some of America's most remote, impoverished communities, as hospitals across the state prepare to convert operating rooms into acute respiratory care units. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico suspends home evictions, offers business loans

Mar. 24, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court halted all housing evictions for failure to pay rent on Tuesday as health authorities began enforcing an order for people to stay home with few exceptions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Confirmed infections for COVID-19 reached 100, with new positive...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 1918, file photo first lady Edith Wilson, center, and President Woodrow Wilson, left, arrive in New York to take part in the Liberty Day Parade. Woodrow Wilson was more focused on the end of World War I than a flu virus that was making its way around the globe, ultimately sickening hundreds of thousands of Americans, including him. (AP Photo, File)

Poorly prepared New Mexico suffered greatly in 1918 pandemic

Mar. 24, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — “Keep away from the sick,” the newspaper advised, “avoid crowds, wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.” Sound measures for combating the coronavirus pandemic confronting us now. But those instructions appeared in...